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AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN
By Anthony Robbins
Almost everyone has dreams. Most of us cherish some private ambition, a dream of what we could achieve, create or become in our lifetime, a vision for the kind of life we want and think we deserve. Perhaps it is the wish to give expression to our own unique gifts and have some positive impact on the world. Yet very few people actually translate their dreams into reality. For so many, beset by everyday frustrations and the pressures and distractions of modern living, dreams become obscured. As the years roll by, all those ambitions and aspirations get relegated to the realm of improbable fantasy. They cease to seem like achievable reality. Anthony Robbins is one of America’s foremost authorities on, and practitioners of, the psychology of personal growth and change. In this summary he claims with compelling conviction that each of us is an amazing well-spring of unlimited and untapped potential. A slumbering giant resides within every one of us, says Robbins. Robbins invites – dares – you to take responsibility for creating a life in accordance with your highest dreams and desires.
Anthony Robbins is one of America’s leading authorities on the psychology of personal growth. A performance consultant to the top echelons of business, government and show business, his lectures and video-based seminars have inspired millions of people from all walks of life. He is also author of Unlimited Power, which has been published internationally in 11 languages. He is the successful founder of nine companies with combined gross revenues in excess of $50 million p.a. These include Robbins Research International, which specialises in conducting personal development, sales and corporate seminars.
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How did he do it? Simply by learning to harness the principle he calls ‘concentration of power’. Robbins recounts how once. THE VITAL IMPORTANCE OF GOAL SETTING ‘Concerning all acts of initiative and creation there is one elementary truth – that the moment one definitely commits oneself. often littered with broken relationships and chemical addictions. Looking down. From this single realisation. These individuals were driven by compelling forces of willpower. He made a decision in that moment that he would change every aspect of his life. "crying into his pretzels’. Others from privileged backgrounds and with every opportunity for success end up leading lives of bitterness and frustration. cutting through obstacles and helping him shape a masterful destiny for himself. . He was broke. their lives serving as shining. Anthony Robbins asked himself that very question. Robbins was able to turn his own life completely around and go on to blaze a trail of outstanding accomplishment. overweight.AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN – THE SUMMARY THE POWER OF DECISION ‘Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its very existence on its stated purpose’ – Benjamin Disraeli. desire and imagination to rise above painful circumstances and handicaps of poverty and lack of education to seize control of their own destinies and transform their lives. This controlled focus was to act like a laser beam. he realised it was the building in which he had worked as a janitor years earlier. listening to melancholy "love gone wrong" pop songs and contemplating his miserable lot. frustrated and wondering if he would actually survive. Many years ago. he had cause to reflect on just how far he had come. inspirational examples to others? Some do this despite overwhelming obstacles. then Providence moves too’ – Goethe 1. Robbins realised that many people of high distinction and great achievement had come from impoverished circumstances and disadvantaged backgrounds. He focused his willpower on his goals and he backed his decision with absolute commitment to action. He was alone in his tiny bachelor flat in California. Have you ever considered what the variables are that create differences in the quality of people’s lives? How is it that people from humble beginnings and disadvantaged circumstances go on to great heights of achievement. The lack of satisfaction with their lot in life had provided an emotional leverage to inspire them to action and change. He noticed a building which appeared familiar and paused to hover over it. And he did it in a relatively short space of time. flying his own jet helicopter over a city where he used to live. high achieving people in contrast to his own at that time. How Do They Do It? In considering the lives of remarkable.
towards that outcome. Scrutinise your actions constantly to analyse their relevance to your goals. now! Make the list long and lavish. that will contribute towards my desired outcome in six months? Ask: ‘What would I want my life to be if I could have it any way I wanted? What would I go for if knew I could not fail?’ Let’s Make a Few Changes . give yourself a deadline. The same goes for avoiding a difficult task or painful conversation. the next 50. • Finally. consciously and unconsciously. • Now.Today! • Write down – right now – four things you really need to do but have put off. . Change comes with new goals – think of ways to get these. people must first clearly define their objectives. set down all the pleasure you’ve gained by adopting this negative course. 2. pleasures without the unwanted consequences. Clearly-defined goals mean that you become focused in a certain direction and from there on your thoughts and actions will be directed. write the cost of not changing. Add up the cost over the next year. The immediate pleasures of indulging in a cigarette or chocolate or one too many beers are obvious. right now. or better. Writing them down focuses your attention on your target. Setting goals is the primary step toward turning the invisible into the visible and the foundation for success. Consider the effects on your self-respect and your feelings about your life during all those years to come. Are you a bit over-weight? Is that smoker’s cough getting worse? Have you let a silly falling out come between you and a valued friend? • Then write the answers to these questions beside each: Why haven’t I acted yet? What pain have I associated with such action in the past? An honest answer will bring home the fact that the thing holding you back has been that you link more pain or inconvenience with the action than with inaction. It’s important to set a time frame on the achievement of goals. Put pen to paper and dare to dream. death… perhaps it is a precious relationship that will be lost or damaged forever if you don’t act.In order to create change. Remember the benefits for others are at stake here. Ask yourself: ‘What do I need to be doing today. Money. write down all the possible pleasures which could result from acting on these issues. • Next. Goals might be defined as dreams with a deadline. ill-health. the next 10. Let it charge your emotions with anticipation of all those benefits. too. Allow it to get you worked up.
Success grows directly from good judgement. The best way by far to learn to make better decisions is by practice! More decisions. The seeds of desire to achieve a specific goal are signs of your inherent potential and capacity to do it. your values. an asset to carry with you into the future. It is in these moments of true. Many doubted his capacity to achieve his aim through non-violent opposition. Having a design is the prerequisite. you must program your Master System to make it consistent with your desires. These variables are part and parcel of your own personal Master System. 3. Your ‘failure’ is really a valuable lesson. your emotional responses. Instead ask: "What good can be salvaged from this? What have I learned?’ Then get on with your next idea. there will be no stopping you. We need only wake it to experience the thrill of exercising our unlimited power to implement radical improvements in our lives. committed decision that you shape your own fate. Mahatma Ghandi’s decision to rid India of British rule. No other possibility can ever be considered. They know they will never smoke again. Add real desire for your goals. comes as a great relief to most people. You can literally undo and eliminate past conditioning and negative programming by a conscious effort to change any or all of the variables of your master system that limit you. judgement comes from experience and experience is largely built of poor judgments! Whenever you try something and fail – and it will happen as sure as death and taxes – don’t wast time commiserating or berating yourself.High-Jump The Barriers Of Self Limitation Don’t be afraid to dream outside the limitations of your current achievement. It is what has determined your achievements and life experiences up to the present day. The act of making such an unshakeable decision. the habitual questions you ask. when we demand of ourselves actions that seem beyond our capabilities and outside the comfort zone of our normal mode of operating. even if is a difficult one. And don’t be afraid of mistakes. It is the giant asleep within us. Your Master System includes all your core beliefs. but he succeeded by the sheer strength of his commitment – and that of his millions of followers. It is perfectly possible to re-invent yourself systematically by organising your beliefs and values in a way that pulls you in the direction of your life’s design. your references. any number of self-limiting psychological variables will inevitably confront us. People who truly decide to stop smoking have given themselves the gift of a solid gold certainty. along with his dauntless will. He deliberately left himself no choice other than to follow dictates of his conscience. more often – every one you make and stick to will increase your sense of power over your own life destiny. Never Fear The Falls Once you have known this empowered feeling. Suddenly – often for the first time – they have a clear and unchallengeable goal. Anyone Can Play The best thing about the truly tremendous power of decision is that each and every one of us already has it in our possession. set up a chain of events that eventually altered the balance of power among nations. and you’re away. It is a process of committing yourself to a particular outcome and then deliberately isolating yourself from any other possibility. YOUR MASTER SYSTEM When we aspire to our highest dreams or a set of goals that seem beyond our capacity to reach. It is comprised of all the conscious and unconscious rules by which you live. Then ‘carpe diem’ (seize the day)! Truly committed decisions are the catalyst for turning dreams into reality. In order to achieve your goals. .
In motor racing. It gave them their own strong references. These served as cues during the race. Within one year of his triumph. Breaking Barriers Winners are people who challenge the belief barriers about what is possible – for themselves or for any human. That is until they reach a maximum emotional threshold. the ‘how’ will usually make itself apparent. the four minute mark seemed an insurmountable barrier. They fail to achieve their dreams and goals simply because they don’t look at them intently enough. He put in a lot of effort visualising himself running the race. Just what each of us defines as pleasurable or painful is individual and relative. others poured through after him. Until 1954 it was commonly believed that no one would ever run a mile in under four minutes. He achieved the ‘impossible’. He must look only in the direction he wishes to go. THE FORCE THAT SHAPES YOUR LIFE ‘If you are distressed by anything external. Consider the case of Roger Bannister. 4. In a clear and committed focus on your goal. and this you have the power to revoke at any moment’ – Marcus Aurelius Breaking Records. Yet a seasoned driver knows that the direction of his gaze can eerily determine the course that the car will take. The Following year another 33 sub-four minute time were recorded. pain has become our ally. go beyond them to new heights. . In his mind he saw himself breaking through that barrier with so much emotional intensity that he created vivid references that became unquestionable commands to his nervous system. barrier or ditch which might easily claim his life.Focus On Where You Want To Go. the dentist has become the lesser of two evils. It is a powerful assistant in providing the leverage we need to create positive change. the prospect of an extraction seems less painful than the chronic. Many people will put off a trip to the dentist indefinitely. the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it. Rather Than Your Fear The importance of focusing clearly on your desired outcome rather than fixating on a negative variable that stands as a temporary obstacle to the achievement of your goal. he destroyed forever a forbidding belief barrier. He knows it is imperative that he direct his gaze away from the wall and towards the road with every ounce of his will. All of our actions are dictated by an inevitable human desire to move toward pleasure and away from pain. by choosing instead to believe in themselves. a driver who skids out of control is always tempted to look at the looming wall. what we consistently focus on in life eventually becomes the substance of our reality. when Bannister made athletic history. Toothache is a classic case in point. but still it stood. In the pain stakes. They don’t act until they experience an intensity of pain or discomfort that compels them to create change. Similarly. throbbing of an aching tooth. People can spend a lifetime focused on the brick walls of their own imagined shortcomings. 37 other runners also broke the four minute mark! Bannister’s feat had shown them what was ‘possible’. Procrastination arises from the fear of more pain resulting from a course of action than from the discomfort or inconvenience of putting it off. cannot be over estimated. pushing his body to produce the result. Even more amazingly. seemingly unbreakable. At this magical point however. Bannister took the novel approach of practising the event mentally as well as physically. Even though times for the event had been gradually improving for years. Almost as soon as he had demolished that barrier. For an inordinately long period the times approached closer and closer to it. Until 1954 that is. In the end. How? Aside from obviously being a gifted athlete and training his heart out. They realise these barriers are composed of nothing but belief and. but we are all motivated to actions that increase pleasure and minimise pain.
. Successful people operate with positive. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity. Never lose a holy curiosity’ – Albert Einstein 5. I dream of things that never were. We can deliberately amplify emotional pain and attach it to negative. empowering beliefs about their own capabilities. closely bound to those pleasant emotions. quality responses from the world around you.. Our beliefs are like unquestioned commands and reference points that have become an integral part of our Master System. Our beliefs may be created by repeated experiences that lead us to feelings of conclusive certainty about reality. ‘Nothing splendid has ever been achieved. The only alternative then becomes a move away from the negative experience towards a more pleasant and rewarding outcome. of the marvellous structure of reality. excitement. they simply flash an image of. Try asking yourself the following empowering questions each evening as you review your day: • What did I learn today? • What did I achieve today? • What did I enjoy today? • What did I contribute today? ‘The important thing is not to stop questioning. it is violently opposed. They are expert in using imagery. it is ridiculed. more joy. CHANGE YOUR LIMITING BELIEF SYSTEMS The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said that every truth moves through three stages: ‘First. telling us what’s possible and impossible for us. Associating maximum perceived pleasure with a desired outcome – and rewarding yourself amply along the way – will speed your progress and make your journey infinitely more enjoyable. WHAT IS THE QUESTION?. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. it is accepted as self-evident’ Changing a limited belief system is a powerful strategy for effecting change in your life. more laughter. of life. Finally.. from others and from yourself. Advertisers know the power of shaping our lives by linking pleasurable sensations and emotions with ideas about their products. Always remember that the journey is at least as important as the destination. etc. music and sensory stimulation to heighten our emotions. Alternately they may be adopted as ‘received truth’ from the belief systems that operate in society. Questioning sets off a process that can have an impact beyond our imagination. It remains with us. ‘I could never get a well paid job because I didn’t finish school’. Having aroused us to an emotional state. They believe they are worthy of winning. you seek empowering. Second. Questioning limitations is what tears down walls in business and relationships alike – even those between nations. the product. or message about. If you ask empowering. and pains to be coveted that will terminate in greater pleasures’ – Michel de Montaigne People consciously or unconsciously gravitate toward life experiences that provide more fun. They contain vital clues for elevating your own. This certainty is an essential component of success. more stimulation. A genuine quality of life comes from continuously asking quality questions.USING PAIN AND PLEASURE ‘I conceive that pleasures are to be avoided if greater pain be the consequence. ‘Some men see things as they are and say ‘Why?’. self-defeating behaviours. but by those who dared believe that something inside of themselves was superior to circumstance’ – Bruce Barton Look hard at the belief systems of those who attain excellence and high achievement. We can harness pain and pleasure to change virtually anything in our lives. quality questions. and say ‘Why not?" – George Bernard Shaw One major difference between people is the nature of the questions they consistently ask.
Transformational vocabulary is the conscious use of specially. why should people accept such an impoverished vocabulary? William Shakespeare used over 24. Transforming our habitual vocabulary breaks unresourceful patterns. positive or negative. so take care when handling a loaded word. Put another way. the Chinese language place a great deal of value on qualities of stillness and continuum. We need carefully to evaluate our own usage of words and consistently aspire to elevate and improve our vocabulary. many of which remain in usage today. With such amazing resources with which to express our feelings and ideas. created his own. mystified by sluggish sales of its new Nova compact sedan in Latin America. A Pause For Our Sponsor The Power of words can work for or against your purpose. John F Kennedy once pointed out that the Chinese equivalent of our word ‘crisis’ is a composite of two characters – one representing danger and the other. Sometimes vocabulary is even more transformational than we bargain for – a fact to which several major advertisers can attest.5 per cent of the words at his disposal. Your anger might just evaporate into a self-mocking smile. . changes our emotional state and allows us to think in a more qualitative and elevated way. congratulations. opportunity.000 words and.000. Instead of thinking of and venting your feelings as ‘fury’ or ‘outrage’ make a choice to express them like someone who might say they are ‘feeling a little peeved’. Either way. We cause problems for ourselves when we start habitually using words like furious and humiliated. After translating their slogan ‘Pepsi gives life’ into Chinese. The power of words to shape our individual realities is tremendous. and the Chinese language features a predominance of names rather than verbs.chosen words and phrases to intensify or diminish any emotional state. If you can’t keep a straight face while doing this. In contrast.5 to 1. the average person uses from 0. Pepsi executives were stunned to discover that they’d just spent millions of dollars announcing ‘Pepsi Brings Your Ancestors Back from the Grave’. Turning Down The Heat Try this when next you are overwhelmed with anger.000 – 10. 6. And all because of a choice of words.TRANSFORM YOUR VOCABULARY Did you know that the English language contains some 750. Have you ever noticed yourself adopt the habitual vocabulary of someone you associate closely with or admire? Interestingly. when none would suffice. eventually discovered that in Spanish the words no va mean ‘It doesn’t go. We should use words that constantly empower us to think in terms of positivity and excellence. English has a predominance of verbs. We Are What We Say Linguists say that. they are powerful. Chevrolet.000 words? Yet the average person’s working vocabulary consists of 2. produces totally different feelings. We must consciously evaluate the impact of words we use on our emotional state or we risk creating more emotional pain than is necessary. culturally. we shape and are shaped by our language.
Quite often our emotions are related to past times and events. . we need to identify and consciously break the pattern of our programmed responses which might be counter-productive to achieving our preferred outcomes. But that need not stop us from going ahead. of these. Old emotional associations are replaced by new.associations of our previous experiences of similar situations. One can detach from negative emotions or limiting feelings and considerations to persist with a decided course of action. They give way to the excitement of anticipation and the joy of self-mastery. a little more each time we go through it. Mastering Ourselves In order to attain mastery of our emotions we must first realise that. Avoidance means falling back on substances or other means such as ‘workaholism’ to prevent ourselves from feeling uncomfortable emotions at all. We may even come to relish a once-feared prospect. We create our own emotions so it follows that we have the capacity to discard or dissipate them.EMOTIONS ‘Experience is not what happens to a man.000 words in English to describe emotions. we relive the pleasurable/painful neuro. Mastery of our emotions is by no means the same thing as avoidance. Eventually they are neutralised or erased completely. positive and empowering emotional experiences. Proceeding with something (say. Yet there are over 3.000 denote positive emotions while roughly twice as many words relate to negative ones. an examination or a parachute jump) might well fill us with fear. a guideline. As we experience a given situation. Alternately. Ten Negatives – Calls To Action • Discomfort • Fear • Hurt • Anger • Overload • Guilt • Disappointment • Loneliness • Inadequacy • Frustration Ten Positives – The Power To Create Success • Love & Warmth • Curiosity • Appreciation & Gratitude • Vitality • Excitement & Passion • Flexibility • Determination • Confidence • Contribution • Cheerfulness 7. a support system. It requires the recognition that at some time in the past those feelings served you well as an internal compass to help you gauge and respond to a situation. we are more powerful than they. it is what a man does with what happens to him’ – Aldous Huxley People experience an average of a dozen or so different emotional states in the course of a normal week. Even more interestingly. It’s now up to you to decide whether the negative feelings you associate with something are relevant to the present time and circumstances or whether you need to put in the work to create a new neuro-association. Mastery means acknowledging and making friends with these feelings. you may simply have to change a situation that causes negative responses. Our emotions are actually learned neuro-associative responses to circumstances. Repeating such an action will diminish the neuro-associations gradually. Our emotions are a gift. They are calls to action. When this is the case. overwhelming though our emotions sometimes are. around 1. so they are neither appropriate nor productive to the situation in which we currently find ourselves.
because you are one’. Now. AND DON’T FORGET… ‘The great man is he that does not lose his child’s heart’ – Mencius What is the purpose of life if not to be happy? Success requires hard work but remember to play with equal resolve. Anaerobic exercise is that focused on pounding heart rates and brief spurts of power. consider that we live in a galaxy that comprises several hundred thousand million stars. The late Michael Landon. The smallest changes of facial expression and gesture will effect our feelings at a given moment – and consequently our actions and responses. be outrageous. Some care with diet and regular exercise can only make you healthier. This means ‘with oxygen’ – gentle exercise sustained over a period. Thomas Edison considered that his 2. The fuel for this is glycogen and fat is stored by the body while it undergoes this type of activity. Even God had a day off. Emotion is the product of motion. It is through failure we learn to orientate ourselves towards success. a sense of strength. which in turn exists in a universe that contains several hundred thousand million galaxies. Many of the health problems of Western societies arise from our almost completely anaerobic lifestyle. once said: ‘Somebody should tell us right at the start of our lives that we are dying. Never underestimate the value of play or forget our capacity to laugh at yourself. but humanity is. how big is your problem? Can you rise to the challenge of awakening your own giant? It is a giant of talent. power – and fun. Consider the enormity of this grand cosmic design. Remember that fitness and health are by no means the same thing. Addressing these problems in your own life can multiply your energy and potential for achievement – not to mention the time you might have left to enjoy the fruits of it. . every minute of every single day. breathing. facial expressions – habitual muscular patterns literally begin to dictate emotions. Fitness refers only to capacity to perform certain athletic pursuits. habits like smoking. be spontaneous. It is sleeping within you right now. Have fun. Think of its magnitude. for instance. 8. movie star and great humanitarian.BODY LANGUAGE The feelings we experience are strongly linked with how we use our bodies. Are you willing to rise to the challenge of a heroic life? Perfection is not heroism.000 odd ‘failures’ were just so many steps in the process towards his successful invention of the light bulb. Then we might live life to the limit. Aim for moderate aerobic exercise. If a problem seems insurmountable. flexibility. making you both more tired and more irritable – both translating as ‘less productive’ – than you ought to be. can affect your breathing and induce back aches. Slumping at your desk. Keep perspective. It burns fat for fuel and increases your endurance and the general health of your cardio-vascular and muscular systems. A key to success is to create patterns of movement and posture that create confidence. True health means that all your body’s systems are working at their optimum. Within each of us burns the spark of heroism and we can fan into flame if we choose. Pounding your body around a gym twice a week will not guarantee that. Never be afraid to fail. Do it I Say! Whatever you want to do – do it now! Carpe diem. patterns of movement. Every emotion you experience has a specific physiology linked to it – posture. combined with the stress of our work. Seize the day! And expect miracles. and lousy diet. creativity and unlimited abilities to contribute amazing things to the world.
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